Trump trolls Kamala over skipping event because of him and he appears to hit a nerve

President Trump slammed Sen. Kamala Harris for her cowardly decision to skip a planned speech at a historically black college because he was honored with an award there.

Trump sparked a war of words with the California Democrat, calling her a “badly failing presidential candidate” after she withdrew from a forum at Benedict College in South Carolina where the president was honored for getting a highly praised criminal justice reform bill passed last year.

Harris would not be going “to a very wonderful largely African American event today because yesterday I [received] a major award, at the same event, for being able to produce & sign into law major Criminal Justice Reform legislation,” Trump tweeted Saturday, referring to the First Step Act.

“This and best unemployment numbers EVER is more than Kamala will EVER be able to do for African Americans!” he added.

The 2019 Second Step Presidential Justice Forum at Benedict College was scheduled to have Harris speak on Saturday, but the former California Attorney General backed out Friday, citing Trump in her decision.

“As the only candidate who attended a [historically black college or university], I know the importance that these spaces hold for young Black Americans,” Harris said in a statement.

“Today, when it became clear Donald Trump would receive an award after decades of celebrating mass incarceration, pushing the death penalty for innocent Black Americans, rolling back police accountability measures and racist behavior that puts people’s lives at risk,” she added. “I cannot in good faith be complicit in papering over his record.”

Instead, the 2020 hopeful announced she would hold a criminal justice roundtable with students from the Columbia, S.C. area, though other 2020 hopefuls were still planning to attend.

Saturday’s takedown from Trump prompted a reply from the lawmaker.

“My whole life I’ve fought for justice and for the people — something you’d know nothing about. The only part of criminal justice you can claim credit for is the ‘criminal’ part,” she tweeted.

Conservative activist and outspoken Trump supporter, Scott Presler, gave the congresswoman a reality check.

Meanwhile, Trump was awarded the Bipartisan Justice Award from the 20/20 Bipartisan Justice Center, which previously bestowed the honor on Harris and South Carolina Republican Senator Tim Scott.

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham touted Trump’s speech at the forum “the best domestic policy speech of his presidency.”

While Harris had predictable praise from her supporters for her decision, others agreed with the president, including CNN’s Van Jones who, responding to Sen. Cory Booker’s confirmation that he would be attending the forum, criticized Harris for “running away.”

Many Twitter users agreed with the criticism.

Frieda Powers

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